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Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

Method Discovered To Produce Breathable Air on Mars

The humans are using the Earth’s resources as if they have another planet to go to. The environmentalists have already buzzed their siren in response …

Teen Inventor Sets His Sights on New Tests for Cancer, Pollution

Emerging Explorer Jack Andraka doesn't plan to stop with his prize-winning test for pancreatic cancer.<p><i>Editor's Note: Jack Andraka is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people</i> …

Study finds possible alternative explanation for dark energy

(Phys.org)—Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is proposed to drive the accelerated expansion of the universe. A new study by University of …

Four Ways Spacefaring Microbes Could Muck Up the Solar System

When scientists launch a spacecraft into space, they're also launching thousands of bacteria along with it<p><i>This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science.<p>To prepare the <i>Curiosity</i> rover for its trip to Mars, NASA scrubbed it with alcohol and baked it at 230°F. This …

The Night Sky in January 2015: Titan, future home of mankind

With water that could generate breathable oxygen, and nitrogen, methane and ammonia that can be used to fertilise growing food, Saturn's giant moon has often been cited as a possible colony in space<p><b>The chart shows the sky at the start of January 2015 - and the appearance of the sky at 10 pm on Jan</b> …

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Books of the year 2014

It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in 2014. This continues a tradition I started last year, when I decided to read less internet and more …

Quantum computing explained: harnessing particle physics to work faster

Around the world teams of scientists are working on the next technological revolution: quantum computing. But what makes it so special? And why do we need it? We ask physicist Dr Ruth Oulton of the Bristol University to explain.<p><b>In a normal computer, information is stored as bits. How is it</b> …

'Cosmos' review: making science cool again

Whether he’s discussing NASA’s impact on our cultural psyche or emailing James Cameron about the night sky, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has a remarkably consistent message: our future depends on a passionate embrace of science, and for that to happen, science needs to be cool. It should come as no …

The AIDS Cure

Reservoirs of HIV hide deep within the body. Scientists are now closing in on methods to wipe them out.<p><b>In 2007</b>, a little-known German doctor applied to speak at a prestigious AIDS conference, claiming to have cured a single case of the disease. He described a 41-year-old man, dubbed the “Berlin …

Will we ever… cryopreserve our organs?

Imagine if doctors could dip into freezers and take their pick of kidneys, livers or hearts for life-saving operations. Here’s why it’s so hard to achieve.<p>Should you ever need a new kidney, a replacement heart or another vital organ, you won’t exactly be spoilt for choice. That’s because when it …

Body bacteria: Can your gut bugs make you smarter?

The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower?<p>I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts. While you are indeed made up of billions of human cells working in remarkable concert, these are …

Microbiology

A Mind-Controlled Robotic Hand With A Sense Of Touch

Getting closer to lifelike<p>Denis Aabo Sørensen lost his left hand nine years ago, while handling fireworks. Since then, he has used prosthetic hands, but never one like this. Last year, a team of European engineers created for him a prosthetic hand that connects directly to the remaining nerves in …

Bionic hand gives amputee real feeling – video report

A bionic hand that allows the wearer to experience genuine feeling has been developed in Switzerland. The prosthetic limb returns the sensation of touch to users by connecting sensors to nerves in their arm. The first tester, amputee Dennis Sorensen, says he is delighted with the invention

Q&A: The Engineer Who Wants To Power The World With Carbs

Visions of a sweet future<p>You might like carbs, but probably not in the way Percival Zhang does. Zhang, a chemical engineer at Virginia Tech, runs a lab that's dedicated to converting carbohydrates into electricity. The lab's inventions include proofs of concepts showing that carbohydrates are able …

Virginia Tech

I have a dream, that one day scientists and philosophers will join hands | Kostas Kostarelos

Why is there such a chasm between the sciences and the humanities, given that powerful new technologies have such profound effects on society?<p>As a researcher in academia, one gets to visit different cities and campuses, giving talks and seminars to students, colleagues and sometimes (the more …

The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness

Nick Brown does not look like your average student. He's 53 for a start and at 6ft 4in with a bushy moustache and an expression that jackknifes between sceptical and alarmed, he is reminiscent of a mid-period John Cleese. He can even sound a bit like the great comedian when he embarks on an …

Silver nanowire sensors could be the flexible foundation for new wearables

A clear, bandage-like sensor could eventually make everything from fabrics to our fingers smart. Dr. Yong Zhu and a team of North Carolina State University researchers created an ultra-thin, flexible sensor that could be used in clothing, on the body, any in other ordinary objects to track things …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

Nanotech roundup: impaling bacteria and sucking up carbon monoxide | Liesbeth Venema

This month's roundup includes spiky materials for killing microorganisms and a sponge for absorbing carbon monoxide<p>Gecko feet, lotus leaves and certain weevil scales are all examples of biological structures covered with nanoscale patterns that evolved to give their owners a specific advantage in …

Liftoff: SpaceX Launches Commercial Satellite Into Orbit

SpaceX, the world’s first private rocket launcher for hire, made a lengthy, barely comprehensible announcement Monday afternoon: “Falcon 9 delivered …

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …

Can I increase my brain power?

What happens when you attach several electrodes to your forehead, connect them via wires to a nine-volt battery and resistor, ramp up the current and send an electrical charge directly into your brain? Most people would be content just to guess, but last summer a 33-year-old from Alabama named …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

The pill that might give you perfect pitch by altering your brain

Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, believes that absolute pitch — the ability to identify or sing a specific note without any reference points — is a learned ability, normally only acquirable by humans in a "critical period" early in our lives. In the …

Water’s speed in cells may hold clues to Alzheimer’s

Water in a cell slows down in the tightest confines between proteins and develops the ability to affect other proteins much farther away, report …

Protein

Experimental Tool Uses Light To Tweak The Living Brain

<b>Listen · 4:34</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>When President Obama announced his BRAIN Initiative in April, he promised to give scientists "the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action."<p>An early version of one of those tools already exists, scientists say. It's a …

Stretch Or Splat? How A Black Hole Kills You Matters ... A Lot

It could rightly be called the most massive debate of the year: Physicists are locked in an argument over what happens if you fall into a black hole.<p>On one side are those who support the traditional view from Albert Einstein. On the other, backers of a radical new theory that preserves the very …

3D printing to rebuild patient's face at Morriston Hospital

<b>Surgeons in Swansea are using groundbreaking 3D printing technology to rebuild a patient's face which was crushed in a motorbike accident.</b><p>The team at Morriston Hospital has used CT scan images to design titanium implants created by a 3D printer.<p>The use of this method for injury-related …